On Wednesday, Agence France-Presse quoted a source familiar with the ongoing talks as saying that Qatar is mediating to release between 10 and 15 detainees in… Gaza In exchange for a temporary ceasefire.
The source said that the talks are taking place under Qatari mediation and in coordination with the United States, explaining that there will be a ceasefire for a day or two in the Gaza Strip in exchange for the release of these detainees.
The French agency indicated that Qatari mediation has so far succeeded in releasing two American women on October 20, and two Israeli women on the 23rd of the same month.
A day before the release of the two Americans, the New York Times said that the United States had asked Doha to mediate the release of those detained by the movement. agitation In Gaza after it became clear that military rescue was impossible.
The United States, other countries and the United Nations praised Qatari efforts to release civilians detained in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Israel said that it would not stop shooting unless all its detainees in the Gaza Strip were released since last October 7, while Hamas confirmed that it was ready to conclude a deal to exchange all its Israeli prisoners for all Palestinian prisoners in the occupation prisons.
Tel Aviv estimates that there are about 240 Israelis and foreigners detained by Hamas and other Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.
Yesterday, the American news website Axios reported – citing Israeli officials – that estimates indicate that Hamas is detaining about 180 Israelis and foreigners, and the Islamic Jihad movement is holding 40, while others are detaining about 20.
Meanwhile, Hamas leader Osama Hamdan said that the resistance will force the Israeli Prime Minister to pay the price for the release of his soldiers.
Hamdan added – in a press conference in the Lebanese capital – that Netanyahu personally bears responsibility for obstructing the release of foreign detainees.
For his part, Hamas leader Basem Naim said that civilians – whom he described as guests – could be released if conditions were met, most notably a ceasefire.
On the other hand, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority reported on the “X” platform that some of the families of those detained by the Hamas movement have obtained or are in the process of obtaining foreign passports for their children.
The Israeli authority said that this aims to ensure the intervention of these foreign countries in the negotiations for their release.
This comes as the families of the Israelis detained in Gaza are pressuring the Netanyahu government to return them safely.
Source : Axios + Al Jazeera + French + The New York Times